This is a discussion on What to do with pocket aces? within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; When holding pocket aces and someone 3 bets in front of you while you still have 2 or 3 or more players behind you what
the right answer is probably to sometimes flat and sometimes 4bet, depending on a lot of things. This decision depends on your table image, stack sizes, position, opponent tendencies, etc. Obviously you're never folding so it's just a question of how often you should be raising vs calling.
I am going to say 4-bet. If the pot has been raised, or if you raised it, and it's been 3-bet, then you have a solid bite. There is no need to continue dangling the hook. Focus on setting the hook on one player at a time. When you go fishing, you try to catch them one at a time, not all at once. I know you want to try to win a massive pot. But when you start letting too many players into the pot, that's when someone ends up getting lucky and you end up getting your aces cracked.
None of you seem to understand. I'm not locked in here with all of you. All of you are locked in here with ME!
The correct answer depends on many other details. If the other people are shoving all the time or 4-betting to often. If you are playing hyper, turbo, regular or slow tournament. Or if you are playing cash games. Is much more complex and this is why poker is not solved by any computer (yet). We still have many information to deal with to make the "right" choice. And assuming all this technology keeps coming, we never know if some solver or software will change the conservative ABC plays at some point.
Tips for playing pocket aces: 1. Don't slow play. 2. Try not to get tightly attached to your arm. 3. The fewer opponents left in the hand postflop, the better. 4. Remember that pocket aces are not immortal.
It's different from players to players. If the opponent is careless and the flop is not in your favor, just go all-in. You know their nickname is bullets. But if the opponent is prudent and the flop is in your favor, then just check and induce him to grow the pot.
No any "correct way".
For freeroll you may call, and players behind will call too. All of them. Sometimes they will call all in too.
You may call, and short stacker villain behind will decides to push with 66 or TT.
and so one.
It should be like 50%/30%/20% - 4bet/call/push. Percentage depend on stack size.
I'd 4-bet since even though aces are about 80% favourite heads up, playing against multiple villains post flop decreases your equity by a large margin. AA vs 4 villains with random hands has less than 50% equity.
For me - you definitely need to increase bank - you have ~80% for wining on preflop so more chip\money in bank - more profit from your aces. But how you will increase bank and how you will try to win this bank without opening cards - it's seriously depends on what you play, other players play style and how close you to the money\pay jumping.
I would go all in. going all in increases your chances of winning the pot. people in front of you only matter in the way you want them to fold, by 4 betting you allow them to gamble and might crack your aces. going all in might get you a caller or two in which you are ahead and is what you want instead of a 4 or more players including yourself seeing a flop. which increases the chances of your aces getting cracked or someone outplaying you out of the pot. worse everyone folds and you win whats on the table, better than loosing with them.
Everything definitely depends on the stage of the tournament, which opponents are playing against you, how many chips you have, how many places to get prizes, and many other factors of the game. For each stage of the tournament, there are several ways to draw this very strong hand. If we talk about a specific situation, getting 3bet is good. If after you, there are aggressive players or players who play a large range of hands, I would recommend increasing 4bet from the big blind. If the table is very passive, play a call and increase your post-flop aggression. Other possible situations strongly depend on the situation in the tournament, as I mentioned above.